On the way to the village of Monforte d’Alba, just passed Perno hamlet you can reach Località Castelletto. Monforte d’Alba is today one of the most renowed for the wines production.
In this area, dipped in the silence of Langhe you can found Cascina Gramolere founded in 1966 and owned by the agrotechnic Claudio Pressenda. This is a small family run business where Pressenda family produces typical red Langa wines in the respect of tradition. They sell in Italy and abroad, unpacked too. The Farmhouse has 4.5 ha of vineyards in half hill, cultivated in red grapes as nebbiolo, barbera and dolcetto. The average annual production is 20.000 bottles.
The name of the company, which correspond to the toponym of the location, it’s said to come from an avent which dates back to the XIX century, when some paesants bought these lands. At the time the soil was still uncultivated and while they were tilling and plowin it, they faced many difficulties, mainly due to the presence of large number of rocks and graminia (Garmin, which is a highly resistant and coriaceous weed). At some point one of the peasants, throwing away his hoe, exasperated by the fatigue exclaimed: “Ei sun mac gramun e père!”, which means, roughly translated from the piedmontese language of the time, “There are only garmin and rocks”. From the mixing and distortion of the two words “gramun e père” is born the term “Gramurere”, later italianized in “Gramolere”.
There are two types of different visits:
- Short: tasting of our wines accompanied by breadsticks, homemade bread and a visit of the cellar for 5 euros pax
- Extended: tasting of our wines with aperitifs of local products, such as cured meats, cheeses and snacks, with a visit of the winery and vineyards for 10 euros pax
If the climate allows it, the visit begins with a tour of the vineyards, all of which are gathered around the farmhouse, which is almost unique. Here the owner gives a brief explanation of the work in the rows.
Then, you move to the cellar.
In the old part, built probably around 1925, there are the aging rooms, where the Barolo and Barbera rest, rigorously in large oak barrels, before being bottled.
Then the tour moves to the new part of the winery, where the freshly harvested grapes are brought and where the wine is explained: from the de-stemming to the bottling, passing through the fermentation, decanting and aging phases.
The visit continues with the tasting.
The tasting room is furnished in the Langhe style, simple but warm: a solid wood table, a large fireplace on one side, and many historical bottles.
Along with the wines, depending on the type of visit you've chosen, you will be served assorted platters of local products, such as cheese, salami, delicious snacks and homemade bread.